By Amanda Wicks
Now that word is out Lady Gaga will officially headline the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show, it’s time to start speculating about all the guest appearances she’s likely to pull out of one of her flamboyant sleeves.
Of course, there are the obvious choices in that she’s already announced her new album Joanne will include features from Florence + the Machine, Beck and Father John Misty, but we couldn’t help thinking about the three artists we’d love to see perform with Gaga when she takes the stage in February.
Given that past Halftime Shows have included rock legends, pop stars and rappers, here are the top three artists we’d like to see collaborate with Gaga.
Chance the Rapper
Chance is having a huge moment right now. Whether he’s petitioning the GRAMMYs to consider nominating mixtapes (and winning), asking fans to request his songs on radio stations (and winning), or launching a massive tour to support his newest mixtape, Coloring Book (and winning there, too), he is everybody’s golden boy. Chance’s latest gospel-tinged rap exudes joy, and we think he’d pair well with Lady Gaga, who seems interested in exploring a more honest side of herself musically.
The band has shifted gears from its earlier indie rock-pop hits “Secrets” off 2009’s Waking Up and “Counting Stars” off 2013’s Native, when guitars played a more prominent role in supporting lead singer Ryan Tedder’s voice. OneRepublic has since moved into a more electronica-influenced sound with their two new singles, “Wherever I Go” and “Kids.” Given the light, airy, fun direction they’re moving toward, they would make for an unexpected but strong collaboration with Mother Monster.
Gaga has recorded with Tony Bennett (with plans to release yet another album together soon), and she’s clear to illustrate how much the legends have influenced her. Who better to come out and duet with her than Sir Paul McCartney? And might we be so bold as to request they do “Live and Let Die”? Because with her reach-for-the-rafters musical theatre training and his familiarity playing arenas, we think they’d absolutely kill that number together. Plus, they’ve worked together before. Nearly two years ago, Gaga shared a picture on Instagram showing her recording with McCartney.